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would be -- the result that is we monitor are based more on the a.p.i., so other standards of performance that they're obligated to -- >> i understand. >> but they do -- >> i don't talk about -- >> whether they actually implement what is in the charter. the charter is supposed to be a form of contract. they're spoffed to do what is in it. -- they're supposed to do what is in it. they don't, maybe we need a report about that. >> uh-huh. >> any other comments from -- any other comments from board members? any other sites? jook on roll call, please? >> fewer commissioner fewer: i'm sorry, the recommendation is to -- to deny, right? so yes.
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>> thank you. maufas. mendoza yes. norton wynns. aye. yee aye kim yes. thank you. that's five ayes. >> thank you. that brings us to our next item. that is 1010-26 a 1. closing the opportunity gap, adopting a vision statement and policy to establish sfu school facilities as public assets to support our strategic man and our community. this is already moved and seconded on october 26 and may we have a report from buildings and grounds and budget committee? commissioner yee? >> i'm report frgget budget committee? >> uh-huh. >> the budget committee heard this item and passed it out of
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committee with positive recommendation and amendments added to it. that's in your -- that's included in the second reading. it is -- is somebody going to read it out dore we need to read it out? >> we'll read it out. the other thing was, also added to -- to as a -- as a coauthor of the resolution. >> yes. i'll look to add commissioner yee as coauthor to the resolution. >> commissioner mendoza? a report from buildings and grounds. thank you. we actually move this -- this for at positive recommendation, had discussions about what is currently happening from the buildings and grounds committee and the direction that it is going and it was -- very much in alignment with -- with the resolution itself. so we -- we are moving this with
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a positive recommendation. >> thank you. we'll have a reading and then public speaker is then comments from board and staff. vice president mendoza, would you like to -- >> like for you to do the hopper. it is your last resolution on the board. >> okay. i will. i'll skip through some of it. it should therefore be resolved. whereas the san francisco unified school district recognizes in a plan that the opportunity gap in san francisco's low income neighborhoods affect the overall achievement of students and s.f.a. commits to using all resources to close the gap. the board of education has passed resolution in support of closing the gap and promoting green school construction and healthy school nutrition prms and whereas low income
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neighborhoods in san francisco suffer high rates of poverty which affects the students abilities to meet their basic needs. where public schools are not adequately funded and there's inequity in the schools and creative policieses and practices can create and support closing the gap for our children and one of the greatest underutilized assets is the real estate and the school district properties. one of -- one, i'm sorry, they're an important asset that could serve fam leis close the opportunity gap by raising revenue and providing vital resources such as increasing food access and community empowerment and engagement. and we're in support of housing resolutions, 0-25 a and 0-29 a 4 have been adopted by the board as well as the need for teacher housing being discussed numerous times by the board and board com plitities. whereas the sfu sees many grass
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roots communications have addressed the comprehensive needs of students and communities that the district serves and whereas the school and community partnerships provide tremendous opportunities to teach students about sustainability and economic empowerment and support students to become leaders to create healthier and more ecologically friendly communities. therefore, be it resolved that the board of sfusd here by requests that the superintendent develop and adopt a vision statement to develop our facilities and real estate as public assets that support our strategic plan, beyond the toss in order to fully utilize the assets to close the achievement gap. be it further resolved that s.f.u.d. define policies and procedures for community use with guiding principles as the foundation. and further be it resolved that the plan include but not be limited to projects including school and community gardens, development of school and community gardens as hands on
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learning tools that promote good nutrition and stewardship of the hand, as well as proving increased access to healthy food for students and fam leis the communities surrounding public schools. the community empowerment programs, the development of community partnerships that support the economic health and stab belt of the families and the communities served by the district, such as flee markets and car washes and resource fairs. the family and educator housing, educator housing allows us to retain our teachers and para professionals and low income families who may heave san francisco because of housing prices. we have vacant sites that could be utilized as low income and educator housing. the stability of the families and educators will support or schools. we also will establish a budget and revenue plan for procedures involving the public school buildings and grounds.
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healthy safe and well maintained and that the superintendent immoment one pilot program for low to institutionalize partnerships and where school district properties could be an asset for closing the gap in 2010-2011 school year. such as a community empowerment program partnering with a community organization on underutilized school district property and be it further resolved that the board of education asks all schools and administrator departments to put the following in to practice and in collaboration with the support of the facilities real estate department, by the end of 2011, 2012. i have read the aend mr.ed language from budget committee, thank you so much for that. we have public speakers signed up for this item. lauren.
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che. sansal and sharon brown. >> good evening, board members. my name is hannah. i'm the youth organizer, people organized employment rights and residents of bay view hunter's point. i'm here in support of the school district public assets because i believe it develops stronger relationships between community members and community organizations and school sites. by allowing us access to underutilized school property, we could create positive and empowering communities, spaces that could allow a community like bay view to provide for itself and have young people lead the projects into success. this policy can help close the opportunity gap and the achievement gap by allowing community organizations like power to access -- the access we need it create projects, pilot projects like community gardens and economic empowerment zones and like flea markets and
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affordable and teacher community housing. bay view like other low income neighborhoods is a food desert which creates environments where people are more likely to have health issues and some of our young people will -- will talk more about that. in talking with other allied youth organizations, there's overwhelming support for the policy because of a lot of time community organizations across the city have a lot of ideas and have a lot of ideas to put forth. there's not always the space to do that. this policy would allow them that space to create the spaces. we ask for your support in getting the resolution passed. if we're grant granted with the underutilized school property, we could teach students about sustainability and economic health and empowerment and a way to support young adults in creating leaders that create healthier and more united communities. thank you. >> thank you.
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good evening. mihm name is laura dangerfield. i'm at the school for equity. i am a member at power and i'm here to support the schools of public access policy today because i believe kids should have schools if they deserve it no matter where they live. kids are not getting the proper nutrition that they need like fresh food on a detailly basis and in community bay view, there's liquor stores and we have only -- actually have one food market, and they don't always have the freshest food, for like -- and residents in bay view hunter point suffer from higher rates of health problems related to poor nutrition. i went to a conance from in detroit, michigan where i witnessed the garden movement because they were like bay view, they may -- and there weren't any healthy food options and the detroit community do whatever they have to do to make sure
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that the community was find solutions to their problems, so they added a big abundance of community gardens, now we have -- we in san francisco are asking for the same opportunity. we as an organization have to support an interest in starting community garden projects. unlike detroit, we have a lack of space. we're here today skgget board to have a policy that could give us access we feed that could be saved by power and other cleaning members, so we ask you to support in getting the resolution passed. so thank you. >> good evening, board members. i'm a 12th grale grader and a member of power. i'm here to support the school, the public access policy because i think it is important that we ads a community provide for itself and make changes that will benefit the whole community put biputting old school properties to use. policy gives us a space to
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create a -- a program that address needs that have yet to be made in the neighborhood. no grocery stores in the community where most youth are located. we have a community garden project that can and will empower the committee -- community to makes changes will bin get the community and get everyone involved. the campaign is a perfect example of that, the potential of this policy. -- as organization, we identified a problem and community need, healthy food. we educate ours about it and now we're looking for ways to fix the problems ourselves. all we need is the space to do it. projects such as the one we're proposing can give youth and -- an outlet to stay out of trouble and teach them in responsibilities and they doo have a say in the community. we get this resolution passed because their support in the bay view community for it and there could be many possible benefits for years to come. thank you.
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>> good afternoon, school board members. my name is ethyl. i've lived in the neighborhood for over 50 years. so, i am here to -- in support of our young people and all -- also asking you to please allow us this privilege to -- to have gardens in our &. we do not the have froshe vegetables in our area. we to go to other locations in order to get food if you would allow our young people this privilege in order for them to have something to do and to see how their food grows. when i was a young lady coming up, we had what is known as the voyage club. we had these opportunities to see and it know where things were grown and where they came
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from. the young people in san francisco and other cities, they do not have this privilege. they think everything comes from the store. it doesn't. the we have farms and we have other areas -- we have so much land here, in the bay view district that is not being used if -- if you would allow to us the privilege in order to -- to use this, instead of just letting stay there unused, i think it would give our young poem a great opportunity. it would make them understand, hey, this is where it came from. we did it ourselves, we're helping our neighborhood. they're giving something back. they really want to do this. so, if you will allow us to -- us the privilege in order to -- to utilize the spaces, i know one area, willie brown have a beautiful area for garden and -- i know about that.
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then the other areas up there, that have space that is available and not being used. so please, consider us tonight and give our young people the opportunity to -- that they need in order to achieve. thank you. >> thank you. >> is it okay if i speak if i'm not on the card? >> my name is sharon brown and i'm here with the employment rights. waint to start by thanking the school board members, kim mendoza and yee and the amendments that fewer added. this is a pools that been brewing for some time. we been working on it for a year. i want to thank you the deputy superintendent and all of the input that helped us craft this idea. also that we recognize this is a building on the work that you have been doing for some time and the study done on underutilized properties and the green schoolyard and the plan
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that orients the entire mission toward closing the opportunity gap. so what we are really looking at this policy of schools is public assets is about bridging the work that community organizations and grass roots groups are doing with the mission of the school board to create this kind of partnership. so it is a really dynamic and creative policy where we could see different ideas come forward over the years. we have just in the actual crafting of it suggested the pilot project we're most invest vested in. as an organization, we're really committed to working with the district to kind of making these successful pilot projects and seeing this grow in the years to come. the ideas are we want to start with a community garden that helps to close the food sd desert issue that is are impacting families in the area. start a flee flea market that allows supports and strengthening particularly in the economic climate, helping people to make use of the arts
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and creative work that is happening in the neighborhood to support the local economy. and then we also love the idea of affordable housing, growing out of this project. we would be really invested in working with the district to make that successful. i want to thank you for your success -- for your support. we'll be here to make this a success. >> definitely representing and part of the nonprofit sector, piggyback these ladies, i live in bay view area as well. mine is more not using the facility for that, more of, thinking about the new focus of your zone and the bay view zone, especially. and focusing on collaborating with the c.b.o. to have a space within the school districts and the schools, that's going to be the focus of trying to gear toward collaborating with c.b.o.'s and my other thing was more of the fass it ilt of -- using the facility of the football field and the basketball jams. living in bay view, working in bay view, working with the bay
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view schools, and also having a kid that plays at warner, we were forced to go out of the city this whole year. all of our games are like in richmond or vallejo. thinking on that note, pop water has to pay. we to pay to use a facility. that's a way of generating revenues awise pell your gyms and baseball diamonds, this is also putting a concept in it. i could get to this high school and play on the field eventually. i'm always a sportsman -- sports fanatic, because the lincoln high school football saved my brother's life. mr. david henderson like four years ago. it saved his life. now my son is like, i'll goo and walk to lincoln in the next six or seven years. i'm kind of like saying, maybe something different not as much as gardens of that such oar nature. but definitely thinking of spaces that c.b.o.'s and come in
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and feel comfortable and turn to case management inside the school to where that can kind of cut a break on the dean or the principals and definitely like the use of the facility as far as sports related. track and field. so maybe they'll have to come up with something in the neighborhood, because it looks really good and we appreciate it. >> thank you. at this time i'll take comments and questions. because i missed the committee meetings that occurred around the resolution, i wanted to give a little history of this. i couldn't speak about there first reading. two years ago, i began talking to some community groups. particularly because the facility was an issue that came up a lot at our retreats and particularly at buildings and ground. i have been serving on the -- excitedly seven-day outlook on that with commissioner mendoza the last two years. and two issues that came up frequently was teacher housing which was a policy that was
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passeded, i believe in 2004. then 193e. >> and 1998. >> and in 19 -- in 1973, apparently. and also figuring out in our -- in the constant fiscal crisis that public schools are in, how we could use our facilities a as form of generating revenue. not that that would be a top priority but how we could develop a plan and gidding principles that could help us rent out and lease our space and the facility, if that was one of the goals. so, trying to put all of that inline light -- in light of the fact that we have been. we've been doing our beyond the talks strategic plan and figuring out how can facilities be a part of beyond the talk. not just talking about academics and instruction and what goes on in the classroom which is a huge important part of closing our opportunity gap but how can we leverage all of our assets and resources to be a part of that.
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because the opportunity gap isn't just about instruction, it is the opportunities our students have when they walk in the classroom p--- and when i got on the board, i viewed the district from a deficit approach, what we don't have enough of. we don't have enough money or teachers. i realized kind of within -- around the second year, the board was, there was one thing that we were asked about. that's property. and it is something that we have an -- an -- i don't want to call it an excess of. it is something we have more of than we need. how can we use that to help close did you nots that some of our families and students may not have, whether access to healthy food and gardening or access to economic development opportunities. and such. you know, actually power -- and i meet regularly, it just so happened that this was one of the issues we both had on our priority hist. i really want to thank power for helping to write the resolution, coming on towards our green of
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our schoolyards, and buck lei spending the time to do this research. it was very helpful also to get the report that -- that david golden brought in with berkeley conspiracy and cities and schools. gave us suggestions in terms of how we can develop procedures and plans around revenue generation and how we prioritize, kind of who we want in our school district as well. >> so just a little bit of -- of some of that background. but, really excited. particularly in the southeast in the owes sector where we have underenrolled schools. whatever we could do to make that an asset to the community as well is important. i know we're building a new middle school at willie brown. there's already an existing school garden there. we're not sure where the construction is going to happen. using, making, taking advantage of existing resources as much as possible is great. it is great to have community organizations to partner in the schools. not every school has a active
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p.t.a. or a teacher that decided this is going to be my project and i'm going to devote my time to work on it. we need all of the support we could get. i wanted to give that -- questions and comments? >> thank you. i really appreciate this. i'm entirely supportive of these projects that are mentioned. i have little concern about inserting affordable family and educator housing. because we and i -- later in our special meeting we're going to be talking about cleaning up some real messes of the titles of property between the city and -- us which is wonderful. however, we also have the experience of the city coming in and saying, worthy, wonderful community based organization that builds afwordable housing, we want to build housing right this on your school. and -- and you know, our -- our commitment to the community means we gave away part of our property and part of our school
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without any plan about developing teacher and educator housing. that's the point. all that i want is to -- to have us maybe through just putting it on the record at this meeting. we may not need to amend anything at all but be clear that the intent is that -- our own purposes for developing housing for our own employees, teachers in particular comes first. and that if this -- this does not mean that building a -- affordable family housing no matter how worthy and how much we would want to do that is going to come ahead of our commitment to develop a plan and actually get in the business of providing housing for our own employees. so, i -- you know, i understand the intent. it is wonderful but you know and i'm entirely in support. i think it is a good example that we have to be careful not just to say, here's lots of hand at willie brown. let's start a garden which is great. lett do this and have a building there and develop the housing there and then our own plan that
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isn't in place yet to develop a -- develop a -- a -- an anchor institution for that community with a new state-of-the-art as i say but really wonderful school will be limited by just enthusiasm taking us down another road without planning. that's something that we have done many times and we have many examples in our district. we particularly have examples of that related to the use of property which then limits our options for our other commit through multiple policy about developing housing to support our own employees. so if the -- you know, by having this on the record, everybody just -- we have consensus about that, we don't change anything, but just, everybody will know that our intent is that -- we're not going to put these on any equal footing but our own conn commitment and particularly making a plan for teacher and educator housing will come first. that's my only concern.
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>> respond quickably to commissioner wynns comment bower priorities. this was actually addressed at budget coment mittity where we talked about -- committee, where we talkeded about -- talked about by adding low income housing was that the first priority, no. and we added the clause to make sure that people knew we were in the process of seriously discussing the teacher housing piece. on record. let's put it on record to say that, we're pursuing that and for us, for me anyway, when we added the worst low income housing, it just means that -- we're to develop other type of housing, that means us, the school district that it is imperative that we chu low income housing into the development or we allow anybody to to develop our land.
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not necessarily every piece of land that we have to go in low income housing period. so, i -- i don't know that helps. but we did have that discussion and then i just want to say that i'm -- i'm glad the folks from the bay view came out today, because even though the resolution is -- is more general in nature, it is good to -- to -- for a group to come in and give us a specific idea of what did -- what it means to them in terms of community partnership. and -- i have heard this over and over again, in terms of gardens. it seems logical to me that we could support that and this resolution -- when it passes will support that -- that notion. i also wanted to -- to thank commissioner -- president kim for writing the resolution. it is well thought out.
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since we didn't get a chance to thank you, use this opportunity now that -- this is just another cam pell of other resolution that is president kim has written in the past few years whereas well thought out and -- and -- take really -- in to consideration the board's priority of trying it close the at some point gaps. so thank you so much, president kim. >> yes. so i -- just want to also echo this, that particular concern was discussed at the budget committee in depth. that's eighty the whereas has been included. mention the resolution that we have for teacher housing. i thought it was important. i was the commissioner that suggested we added a formal family housing considering we serve main lilo and moderate income families.
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there are 39,000 families in san francisco with the needs. as 9 largest owner of land in the city, that we have an obligation to also serve our familys by no means does that curtail already pans -- plans we have in motion about teacher housing. i think that's very, very clear. so -- but what i really particularly like about this resolution is that it reinforces the fact that the lapped that is -- that the san francisco unified school district opens is public land. it belongs to the public. it doesn't belong to principles or teachers or even board members but actually, this is public land. san francisco unified school district is a public entity. i really enjoy the fact that the public came out and -- and made -- made an -- a collaboration with our school district to write this resolution and i think it is absolutely fitting that -- that


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